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5 Travel Beauty Mistakes that can leave skin completely Effed

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Ah, the anticipation of going on vacation and getting away from the daily grind. With the loosening of travel restrictions, travelling is finally coming back to life and travelers are booking with cautious optimism. With the stress of booking flights, overpriced accommodations and choosing a fun wardrobe, skincare is sometimes left on the back burner. Not packing your usual skincare lineup and taking extra care can cause a lot of unwanted skin issues, like breakouts, irritation and dry skin. We have rounded up 5 travel beauty mistakes that you can avoid so your skin looks its best while you’re on vacation.

Vacation is a time to enjoy yourself, maybe indulge in food you might not normally have and not worry about stressors. However, long flights, indulgent meals and changing conditions can leave skin vulnerable. Who wants to spend vacation dealing with up an acne flare-up or cracking, inflamed skin?

5 Travel Beauty Mistakes to Avoid:

  1. Forgetting Skincare Essentials

One of our top 5 travel beauty mistakes is not bringing your skincare along for the vacay. You need to keep up a basic skincare routine. We are not suggesting packing a 8 step regimen, but the must-haves.

Make sure to bring:

  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Sun Protection

woman putting on moisturizerDepending on the room in your suitcase and how long your trip is, you can always throw in a serum, eye repair and a moisture mask.

Don’t take full size products

Put your favourite skincare in small, reusable containers. Store them in ziplock bags to avoid spilling. This is also handy when it comes to bringing a few carry-on minis in your purse for the plane (eh-em, please see #3).

  1. Not tailoring your skincare to your destination

Make sure to alter your skincare according to where you are going. For instance, who wants to be using a rich, heavy moisturizer if you’re going to be at the beach?

Pack according to the weather

  • Fun in the sun
    • Pack the lightweight, non-clogging moisturizer!
    • Mattifying products
    • Reach for skincare that includes ingredients like cucumber or probiotics
    • Antioxidant serum
  • Hitting the snowy ski slopes
    • Bring extra moisturizer to keep that skin plump and hydrated
    • Bring products with hydrating ingredients, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid
  • Dry climate
    • Great skincare choices include ingredients like glycerin, algae, mushroom extract, aloe, coconut and shea
    • Put a single serving of a hydration mask in a travel-sized container so you can give skin a hydration boost while you’re away

Hydrating mist

Whether you’re on a 10 hour flight, lounging by the pool in the heat or feeling exhausted after an afternoon of exploring, a hydrating mist can give skin an instant pick-me-up. Our mineral mist, Rain, for example, is a skin-loving, versatile product perfect for travelling. It delivers micro-minerals and hydrating ingredients, like glycerin, to give skin instant hydration, pep and lift!

Sun Protection

One of the biggest mistakes is not wearing sunscreen on vacay! Regardless of destination, powerful UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage. Cold or hot temperatures = sun protection every day.

  1. Moisturize!

One of the biggest travel beauty mistakes is not keeping skin moisturized. The plane’s changing air exposes skin to dry, polluted conditions that profoundly affects skin. Try to do a moisture mask the day before your flight and make sure you use a hydrating serum, like hyaluronic acid, and a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients, like shea butter, on the day of your flight. Also make sure you are drinking plenty of water so you are hydrating skin from within and outside.

**Avoid the hotel face lotions and washes. Although tempting, these products aren’t what your skin needs. This can lead to irritation and breakouts.

  1. Please don’t use makeup wipes. Just don’t.

EI SKIN Cleansing creamLet’s face it (pun intended), a lot of build up and breakouts can occur when you’re in a different climate and busy for long hours. It’s important to wash your face every day while travelling and that doesn’t mean reaching for the easy-peasy makeup wipes. Yes, they are quick and convenient in a pinch, but try not to rely on these as your cleanser on vacation because they can leave your skin, well, effed! They contain high amounts of chemicals, preservatives and alcohol that remain on skin’s surface after each use which can strip skin of its natural oils, causing irritation and imbalance. The last thing you want is to return home with inflamed skin!

Wash that face… with your cleanser

Clean skin is healthy skin. After a day of sightseeing, it is important to wash off the day’s grime and pore-clogging buildup to keep skin looking fresh and clean. Bring a cleanser that is hydrating and nourishing, that removes dirt and impurities while preserving skin’s natural moisture.

Learn more about our anti-aging cleansers and which one is perfect for you here.


  1. Not eating healthy

Okay, you’re on vacation, so of course you want to treat yourself to your destination’s fine cuisine! Maintaining balance is key. Try not to eat too much oily, greasy, or fried foods as it can show up in your skin with bloating, acne and dullness.

Scan menus for veggies, lean proteins and high fiber options. If possible, plan ahead and bring snacks.

Stay hydrated!

Make sure you drink lots of water! You want to replenish your body’s fluids after a day of sight-seeing!



“To Travel is to Live”

– Hans Christian Andersen.

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